Intern-view with Meredith Friedman of CubeSmart

With Online Job & Internship Week (OJIW) coming up  on March 27-31, I thought it’d be great to get some background and advice from the real people who work for the companies looking for you. I had the chance to hear from Meredith Friedman of CubeSmart; one of the many companies you can apply to during OJIW, to get some inside advice on what it’s like to work at CubeSmart as well as some helpful tips to get you ready for the Week!

So, who are you and what do you do?

Meredith: I’m the Director of Talent at CubeSmart. I am responsible for efforts to attract, retain, & develop talent at the company. We’re a rapidly growing Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) company focused on storage and extraordinary customer service. We find that people who need storage are often going through a life transition – maybe they’re downsizing, moving, going through some other big life change.

What’s it like working at a growing company like CubeSmart?

Meredith: Just to give you an idea of how rapidly we are growing, when I started here two years ago, we had 500 stores; now we’re at over 800 stores in over 30 states. It’s a very dynamic business and we are doing a lot of recruiting.

I was reading a bit about CubeSmart and came across the “WOW philosophy” could you talk a little bit more about that?

Meredith: So, it’s our culture of surprising and delighting our customers – that recognition that our customers are going through some life transition. It’s little things like opening the door to the store when customers approach, smiling, and shaking hands.

I also read about the rebranding of CubeSmart in 2011, what should students know about the future of CubeSmart?

Meredith: It’s exciting. We are a real estate company first. All of the buildings are well lit and clean and have great landscaping. We are trying to redefine the industry. We have cutting edge revenue management analytics and state of the art technology. It’s a very innovative approach.

How does CubeSmart survey and identify talent?

Meredith: We are big on teammate referrals. We try to be visible in the community – that’s why we’re Campus Philly partners. Exposure to universities and college is a must. We attend many college job fairs. We also use available technology like Indeed and Zip Recruiter.

Continuing with the student and finding talent theme: What do you think are some great qualities of a hopeful intern/employee?

Meredith:  Someone who is open to learning. Someone who’s responsible over the summer. The more they can be a sponge, the better. Have a willingness to do new and different things, be exposed to different parts of a business, and share some ideas they’ve learned in class because we too can learn from them.

I know landing a job after college can be a challenge. What are some things students should keep in mind when applying for a job straight out of college?

Meredith:   I can’t overstate the importance of networking – it’s critical. Showing up to events like Campus Philly’s summer party gives students more exposure to network.The volume of applicants with technology is staggering. Sometimes, it is overwhelming. It’s important through LinkedIn to have connections; maybe you have a connection at the company. Have a resume that is grammatically correct, be polite, and send thank you emails after an interview. These things set people apart, especially if you’re interviewing at a company like ours where customer service is a top priority.

How does someone stand out in a digital landscape such as Online Job & Internship Week?

Meredith: Cover letters are one way to stand out – even if it’s just a paragraph describing how their skills and interests align with the position. This tells us “Why do they want to spend their summer working us?” For example –  we have a bunch of internships at our call center in the summer, someone can convey in their cover letter that they enjoy helping people over the phone; it’s hard to know that through a resume.

Awesome, well I think we covered a lot on a range of topics. Thank you so much for you time!


If you like what you’ve read, check out CubeSmart’s employer page during OJIW and apply to their open positions. How to prepare for Online Job + Internship Week:

1. Create your account in a few minutes on campusphilly.org/launch.
2. Complete your profile and show off your personality!
3. Starting  Monday, March 27, log on to start your search.
4. Return every day; new positions will be posted all week.

Summer in Philly: Intern Dan’s Picks

Music, food, events, and activities coupled with great weather is a recipe for an amazing summer. Philly has all the components to keep you occupied while you enjoy your well-deserved break.

Starting with music, Philly is no slouch when it comes to concerts. The Roots host their eponymous picnic concert every year at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. The lineup this summer for The Roots Picnic is filled with big names such as Pharrell, Solange, and Lil’ Wayne and many more. Keeping up with tradition, Jay-Z’s Made in America concert has quickly become a Philly favorite. Held on the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Made in America celebrates 4th of July weekend in the birthplace of America. Acts like Rihanna, Chance The Rapper, and Coldplay will be performing amongst many others.

On the outside, the Art Museum serves as the venue for Made in America, but on the inside the Art Museum will continue to feature exhibits throughout the summer. Such as a photographic exhibit – Wild: Michael Nichols, Philadelphia Assembled an exhibit that intertwines art and civic engagement, and Phulkari a collection of embroidered textiles from Punjab. Art deserves its own festival too, thankfully the artful neighborhood that is Manayunk hosts the Manayunk Arts Festival where for two days, hundreds of artists come to sell their own paintings, photography, sculptures, jewelry and more.

Of course, we have to talk about food. Philly is a foodie haven, in the summer we turn it up a notch. The Night Market alone is enough to get you excited, imagine your favorite food trucks on campus, now picture a full block of them, uninterrupted by traffic each serving up their own delicious creations. Everyone gets in on the action, local giant Wawa hosts their Wawa Welcome America Party every year. From June 29th, up until 4th of July. Enjoy music, events, performances and lots and lots of food. Finally, the most notable Philly delicacy: the Philly cheesesteak is getting the fest it deserves. Held at Citizen’s Bank Park, the Cheesesteak & Food Fest offers samples of other local delicacies like hoagies and pretzels, along with games, competitions, and well – cheesesteaks!

Spending time with good people in great weather is an event in itself. Some of my personal favorite outdoor chill spots include: Penn’s Landing, where you get a great view of the Delaware River and Harbor Park an extension of Penn’s Landing which illuminates the pier of Penn’s Landing literally. Hanging light crystals adorn the trees along the walkway, along with hammocks, and food shacks. And my personal favorite- The Art Museum. With a view of the city right down Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the steps of the Art Museum are a prime location for kickin’ back and basking in the great weather.

I can go on forever but enough about my summer in Philly! Let’s make sure you’re here to experience it for yourself. Start your planning with Online Job + Internship Week, March 27-31, and apply to jobs and internships right here in Philadelphia.

 

 

 

 

 

Philly To-Do: Movie Tour

“Wait, that looks so familiar!” –  it might be because that movie you love so much was shot right here in Philly. Teaming up again with fellow intern turned good friend Haley, we set out to find locations in the City of Brotherly Love where some blockbuster movies were shot. Along the way, we discovered the magic of Hollywood editing, reenacted a classic scene, and got a pretty great tour of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Movie Tour! from Campus Philly on Vimeo.


National Treasure

Locations: Washington Square, Benjamin Franklin Bridge, The Franklin Institute, Urban Outfitters

It’s only right that scenes from Nic Cage’s National Treasure were shot in the historic city of Philadelphia. However, to our dismay we found that some scenes were fabricated! We visited Independence Mall and the Liberty Bell – only to find out that these scenes were shot in Hollywood, childhood ruined. However, the cast of National Treasure did shoot in Washington Square, Benjamin Franklin Bridge, The Franklin Institute and even Urban Outfitters.


Silver Linings Playbook

Locations: Lincoln Financial Field, Citizen’s Bank Park, Benjamin Franklin Hotel, Jeweler’s Row

Philly native Bradley Cooper and his onscreen love interest, Jennifer Lawrence visited Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs to shoot the critically acclaimed Silver Linings Playbook. Haley and I visited Jeweler’s Row, where the closing scene “chasing Tiffany” was shot, well sort of. Upon arriving, we discovered that Jeweler’s Row wasn’t safe from “Hollywood magic.” Reenacting the chase proved to be a challenge as the Sansom Street on screen differed from the Sansom Street of real life.


Rocky

Locations: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Victor Café, Pat’s, The Italian Market, many many more

We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk Rocky, possibly the most iconic movie shot in Philadelphia. We visited the iconic “Rocky Steps” where I was too lazy to dart up as Rocky did. The Rocky Statue located by the bottom of the steps remains as a tourist attraction. The Rocky/Creed series is loved by Philadelphians, for being a story of resiliency which resonates with many here. Shooting in non-mainstream locations but actual neighborhoods helped ingrain the Rocky franchise into Philadelphia’s culture.


The Sixth Sense

Locations: Grays Ferry Avenue, Pine Street, St. Augustine’s Church

Another Philadelphia native; M. Night Shyamalan director of movies like The Sixth Sense, The Village, and Split is notorious for filming in his hometown of Philadelphia. We visited St. Augustine’s Church where Cole sought to seek refuge from all those dead people he was seeing, I believe.

The movie tour brought us to many different locations, spanning many neighborhoods. Of course there’s a ton of other movies like Philadelphia, Invincible, Law Abiding Citizen, and TV shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia that were/are also shot in Philly. We may not be Hollywood but that shouldn’t stop you from getting out there and having your own movie tour!

 

Philly To Do: Intern Dan’s Weekly Picks

This week is all about exhibits, with a wide range of exhibits encompassing topics like magic, history, and wildlife. Also, yet another restaurant week, you’ll have to venture a little outside of Philly for this one though!

Prohibition Exhibit

Experience the culture of the Roaring 20’s with American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition at the National Constitution Center. With over 100 artifacts and interactive exhibits, the spirit of the prohibition era is relived.


KOP Restaurant Week

Situated a little outside of Philly, the King of Prussia Restaurant Week brings together participating restaurants to offer discounted meals. Lunch meals start as low as $10, with $15 and $20 options available too. If you didn’t make it in time for lunch, there’s always dinner! $20, $30, and $40 installments are available – saving you the hassle of overspending on dinner.


Jurassic World Exhibit

If you’re a fan of the Jurassic Park series, or just fascinated by dinosaurs, the Jurassic World Exhibit at The Franklin Institute brings to life the prehistoric creatures in interactive and educational ways. The exhibit is as close as to being fully immersed in Jurassic World as you could wish for.


Magic in the Ancient World

From Egypt and Mesopotamia to Greece and Rome, the PENN Museum debuts Magic in the Ancient World. The exhibit features 81 artifacts from these ancient civilizations to give us a peek into their magical uses. The exhibition will feature an interactive station for ancient magical solutions to your problems and another that questions your belief in magic.

Prepare to Launch: Sharpening Your Skills

Whether you’re looking to broaden your network or hone your skills, the month of March is a great time to lay the groundwork for your professional journey while still being able to balance your schoolwork.

Public Speaking Made Easy
Tuesday, March 14 from 7-9 pm | Aria Health Center – Torresdale Campus, 10800 Knights Rd.

Every Tuesday, Aria Health and Toastmasters hosts Public Speaking Made Easy–  small workshops that look to sharpen your public speaking skills. Public speaking can be daunting, which is why it helps to be in an inclusive environment that values your pace of learning.


Online Job and Internship Week
March 27-31 | Online!

Right now your focus is probably on exams and homework. Which is why Campus Philly’s Online Job and Internship Week fits seamlessly into a packed schedule. Pour over the many employers in the area that are excited to have you on board this summer – all from the comfort of your home. Securing a job or an internship this summer will help you keep the ball rollin’ as this semester is on it’s last legs. Stay strong!


Tech Networking
All month long!

Philly’s tech community is growing stronger and stronger, what’s their secret? Teaching the next generation. Through workshops, meetings, classes, and even hackathons – Philly’s tech community is committed to helping you build your technical skills. There’s a full calendar of events, check out Philly’s Startup Digest and Technical.ly’s calendar for a wide range of events to help you hone your technical skills.

 

Philly To-Do: Intern Dan’s Weekly Picks

This week get out and celebrate finales, grand openings, free admissions and a neighborhood’s twist on Restaurant Week!

Black History Month Finale

Today marks the last day of Black History Month. Throughout the month, there have been many events at various locations, it’s not too late to partake in the festivities. Black History Untold wraps up their month-long event tonight at WHYY Studios, and workshops such as A Taste of African Heritage at the Parkway Central Library


Museum galore this Sunday

This Sunday at The Barnes Foundation will be completely free as part of their Free First Sunday! Every first Sunday of each month traverse the galleries and check out the Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie exhibit, all for free!

If, the Barnes wasn’t enough to satisfy your art craving, the Philadelphia Museum of Art kicks off their Pay-What-You-Wish Sundays this week. Every first Sunday of each month, visitors will be able to pay as much as they wish to enjoy exhibits like American Watercolor.


Franklin Square

Spring is in the air, with Franklin Square officially opening March 1st . Franklin Square is a great spot to hangout and enjoy the great weather with food, drinks, mini-golf and more.


East Passyunk Restaurant Week

And you thought restaurant week was over. This week reserve your table at a number of restaurants participating in East Passyunk Restaurant Week . For just $15, $25, or $35 experience a 3 course meal on a range of diverse foods!

 

 

 

Prepare to Launch: Advice From Campus Philly Interns

Fall 2017 Online Job + Internship Week is happening now until Friday, October 27! Sign up, sign on and apply to your dream gig. 


Landing your internship is an uphill battle, I won’t lie to you. It requires patience, attention to detail, creativity, and confidence. It’s taxing, but as Tom Haverford would say, “Sometimes you gotta work a little, so you can ball a lot.” Below you’ll find tips and practices that have guided me through the process.


It’s important to know that you’re not alone in your search. Taking advantage of your resources, from your school’s career development department, events, and of course Campus Philly, you can alleviate the pressure of the search.

I had no clue just how many internship opportunities there were in Philly, employers are searching just as hard for you. This March, from the 27th-31st, we’ll be hosting our Online Job Internship Week, with new openings daily from employers in the area. From the comfort of your home or wherever you can have your laptop, you can apply and search for summer jobs and internships. This way you can continue to stay in Philly and continue your development as a young professional after the school semester!


P.S. This could be you chilling on Race St. Pier this summer!^^^


Things as simple as proofreading your resume can be the difference between you landing the role or not. Get another set of eyes on your resume, make sure you’re checking for grammar, clarity, and relevance.


Roam the websites of your hopeful employers, read blogs, understand their core values and mission statements. You can really set yourself apart with a resume that looks like it took effort – paying attention to design and accuracy can pay off big time.


Along with your resume is your cover letter. I know it seems like a drag after you’ve spent so much time refining your resume, but it can serve as your secret weapon. Go beyond your resume bullet points and tell your story, highlight your accomplishments in detail, connect the dots from your prior experience and explain how they would benefit the company or organization. If you feel like you lack experience, articulate how your interests coincide with what’s being asked of you. There’s no shame in explaining that there are areas in which you hope to gain expertise.


Getting away from the computer screen and into the mix is another way to find that internship you’re aiming for. You already know how important it is to network, “You should start networking” – it’s the age-old adage. Luckily, networking events in Philly are easy to come by. Chatting with others who are also looking to land a gig and hearing invaluable advice from people who’ve already done it is a great way to get a feel for Philly’s professional scene. There’s always the chance that connection you made, or that piece of advice you got could lead you to your next job or internship.

Here are a few resources you can use to get your search started!

 


You’ll have your work cut out for you, you may not get the first, second, or third role you applied for, but stay the course. Above all, stay composed. The application process is so tenuous, and then you have a whole interview to worry about.

Before any interview I’ve had, I sat in my car, collected my thoughts, and told myself “you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.” Lame I know, but it relieved a ton of pressure for me. Remember that you’re taking a step in the right direction, trust the process (for all my Sixers fans out there).


With a thriving millennial population, employers in Philly are rushing to find and develop talent. If you’re hoping to call Philly home during college and into your professional life remember that the city is going through a transformation. Young people like you are a catalyst for the change in the city, creating new things, starting new companies, new organizations, – there’s a lot of new. Applying yourself to the city’s offerings starts with a few small steps, coupled with some effort you can create the life that you’ve always imagined for yourself in Philadelphia.

 

 

Philly To-Do: Intern Dan’s Picks

The weather in Philadelphia can be erratic, one day the sun is shining, the next day you’re wearing your winter coat. Who knows what will happen? So, this week get a glimpse of spring and enjoy the warm weather while you can. With a slew of upcoming events to close out the month, here are just a few things I’m looking forward to as February draws to a close.

Philly Fashion Week
Philly has a Fashion Week? I had no idea. This Wednesday, February 22nd, RSVP to The Trend VIP Party. A fashion, food, and networking event located at The Granary. The event is FREE with RSVP and a great way to leadup to Night 2 of the Runway show on February 24th, get your tickets now before it’s too late!

Black Thought Presents: Delirious
Member of the legendary Philadelphia group The Roots; Black Thought hosts an ensemble of comedians on the rise on the east coast this Thursday February 23rd located at The Punchline Philly. Many household names have gotten their start performing at The Punchline, you could be witnessing the start of something special!

From Home to Hopper
Venture into Philadelphia’s surrounding areas by visiting the Brandywine River Museum this Saturday, February 25th. The Brandywine River Museum presents From Homer to Hopper, an exhibition of over 50 paintings by revolutionary American artists such as Winslow Homer, Georgia O’ Keefe, Edward Hopper, and Thomas Eakins. The event is only $6 for students with ID!

There’s absolutely no shortage of events in Philly, especially concerning the arts. The weather is on your side this week, make sure to take advantage!

Philly Field Trip: Chinatown, Reading Terminal, Italian Market & Little Saigon

There’s never a shortage of things to do and places to explore in the city of Brotherly Love. However, knowing where to start on your Philly adventure can be a daunting task, enter Philly Passport! The Passport provides a checklist of places to go that you can turn into your personal itinerary filled with things to do around the city. Instead of giving you the stereotypical Philly guide, we focused on visiting neighborhoods that contribute Philly’s diverse scene.

So, teaming up with my fellow intern, Haley and I set out to explore the city and check some things off the passport. Beginning the adventure in Chinatown! Chinatown poses an interesting mix between old and new. There are new restaurants sprouting seemingly every day, bubble tea spots, and noodle houses that cater to younger audiences. But there are also traditional staples that bring you a more original taste of China. You would be remiss to leave here without getting a picture at the Friendship Arch.

Conveniently located near Chinatown, and next on the passport was the Reading Terminal Market. The best thing about Reading Terminal is that there’s so many options for food, the worst part? Deciding what you want. I opted for Hunger Burger which was phenomenal, while Haley went with Profi’s Creperie. The Reading Terminal Market is sure to be a go-to spot, it’s affordable, fun, and filled with choices.

With our stomachs filled, we headed over to the Italian Market. The streets of the Italian Market are adorned with open air markets, delis, and boutique shops. This neighborhood like many others in Philly has deep roots in the Philadelphia community. It’s where the Di Bruno Bros. got their start and became a household name. It’s a quaint neighborhood that’s perfect for taking a stroll.

Just a short walk away, we entered Little Saigon, where we recapped the day over some Vietnamese coffee. Little Saigon is home to Asian supermarkets, restaurants, and cafes. If you like cooking up some Asian inspired dishes, I’d strongly recommend taking a trip down to Little Saigon.

Watch us complete the Philly Passport:

Campus Philly Passport! from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

It should be noted that although each neighborhood was different, one thing they had in common were beautiful murals. Philly is known for being an artistic hub, be sure to keep a look out on the facades of many buildings. Added to the beauty, is the ease of navigation. Walking from neighborhood to neighborhood is certainly doable as Philly is a “walking city.” Grab your camera and some comfortable footwear and you’ll be well on your way to perusing the city with your Philly Passport! Get yours here and watch how to fold it here.

P.S. Once you’ve completed the Passport, play some Campus Philly BINGO!

ILC 2017: Students Unite to Find Their Collective Voice

This year’s Inclusive Leadership Conference theme was “Find Your Voice: Advocating for Inclusion and Respect.” Whether you are an activist, writer, artist, or entrepreneur, YOUR voice is what we need. If you do not yet know your voice, or if you want to discover more ways to use your voice, ILC will engage you in conversation and activities around inclusion and respect for your voice and others.

On Saturday, February 11,  Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center was teeming with students from various colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region– such as Temple, Moore, Rowan, Drexel, CCP, UArts, and many more– who were ready to educate themselves on the importance of inclusion. The conference was an eye-opening experience on how inclusion can affect people from both a personal and interpersonal standpoint.

As part of the Campus Philly team, I had the opportunity to cover the buzz. Jumping from room to room, I got a feel for some of the workshops and presentations delivered by local leaders. My biggest takeaway from the event was the recurring theme of mindfulness.

The nuances and subtleties when interacting with people who are different from you can be all the difference in fostering an inclusive relationship and environment. Nothing supported that claim more than listening to students share their personal stories and takes on some serious subjects. People right around my age divulged their thoughts on race, gender, identity, culture, discrimination, and mental illness just to name a few. Workshop leaders stressed the point of speaking up, challenging the status quo and voicing your stance on inequities is imperative to creating an inclusive environment.

The workplace is often a place where people face discrimination on many fronts, it was telling to see just how to tackle these problems. I dropped in on workshops like Trans 101: How to be Inclusive of Trans People When Leading, Eliminating Social Stigma, Effective Strategies for Inclusive Leadership, Cultural Sensitivity, and Closing the Gender Gap. Unfortunately, there’s only one of me so I couldn’t get to each and every seminar, but I left each one with an important takeaway.

Even with all the serious discussions and constructive activities, there was still time for students to get to know each other and relax. Ending with a massive Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament and a Swag Swap. Capping the day on a more playful note left everyone feeling visibly happier. I strongly believe attendees left with a sense of purpose.

At ILC, the goal of inspiring and educating the leaders of tomorrow on the values and importance of inclusiveness was achieved. It’s a personal responsibility that is part of a much bigger picture: improving the fabric of society.

If you’re looking to continue the conversation, you should consider becoming a part of our Student Leader Network.